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Project by dsb1829 posted 10-14-2008 05:43 PM 1907 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one has been in the works for a while now. I kept procrastinating and debating about some of the simple assembly steps. In the end I chose to get it together and take my lumps as learning steps for future projects. The idea was to match the table to the picture window that my wife picked up in Indonesia. She later changed her mind to the darker legs.

Construction is just mortise and tenon on the base. I fastened the top with some figure-8 steel jobbers. I debated a bit on this. I thought about using dowels or other methods, but since the base ended up with a little twist to it I wanted it fastened to the flat table pretty well.

Finish details
legs – 2 layers of General Ebony water-base dye, 2 layers of Minwax polyshades old maple
Top – 2lb cut shellac (sanded), 1 coat of GF ebony dye (0000 steel wool to lighten and remove black dye), 2 coats minwax polyshades old maple (0000 steel wool between coats)

A couple of after thoughts:
- short aprons make for small tennons
- Crapsman TS mechanish is not very accurate for tenon work
- chisels are sharp, I have a couple of cuts and no idea when I got them
- a router jig for mortises is definitely in my future

The Mrs. and I think the proportions turned out about right. Decided not to taper the legs since they are sized the same as the exterior of the picture window.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-14-2008 05:55 PM

Very nice.

I’d like to see some larger, more detailed photos.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 10-15-2008 02:17 AM

Great job! Didn’t know Mr Simpson did woodworking. ;o)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 10-15-2008 03:46 AM

Very Nice. I think the straight line design works nicely with the picture window.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 10-15-2008 04:07 PM

Thanks for the comments. Sorry Charlie, no additional details and I think bigger photos would get kicked by the site limit. Honestly, I swear the construction is just simple M&T. The only tricky part was that I had to notch the tenons where they overlapped in the corner. Trimming tenons to size with file, chisel, and sand paper also is not very accurate. I was really wishing for a shoulder plane by the end of the process.

I think next time I do a table of this size I will probably do the M&T on the router table. That would have been more accurate and less time consuming than using the dado and individually sizing each joint. I just didn’t want to mess up too much this time around. After all, it is my first M&T table project.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#5 posted 10-26-2008 05:25 PM

Great looking table. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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